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First Line: The sun on the oriole's flashing breast
Last Line: Sing on, by the rosy apple-flowers.
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): Birds; Orioles


THE sun on the oriole's flashing breast
As he flits through the rosy apple-flowers,
A waning moon in the tender west,
And, high in the boughs, an empty nest
Beaten by winter's blasts and showers; —
Hush! his ravishing carol rings
From the topmost twig he makes his throne!
Rich as the hue of his glancing wings —
Mellow as flute-notes zephyr-blown
Down Phrygian dells when day is done! —
Oriole, singing aloft in the sun,
The waning moon and the empty nest,
Shadow and silence, at God's behest,
Follow shine and the brood in the bowers;
Follow, and who knows which is best? —
Sing on, by the rosy apple-flowers.





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